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Making a Dorm Room Yours

Updated on July 6, 2012
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors Degree in Middle Grades Education. She has just completed her first year teaching.

A talent I realized that I had in college was dorm decorating. I never knew my knack for arts and crafts would help me in college life, especially with decorating my dorm room.

The first few months living in my dorm room were not bad. I was not really there that much, and the bunk beds hid a lot of the white walls. When my roommate did not return for the second semester, I was left in a room with bunked beds and more space. I tried living in the room with the beds bunked, but I started to grow uncomfortable with this. I moved to the top bunk and made the bottom bunk storage, but that quickly changed after the second night of literally climbing into bed.

When my new roommate moved in, those beds were debunked and I had my own side. For once, I felt like part of the room was mine, but how do I make it look like my own?

Before exploring my rooms, here are some tips

  • Christmas lights give the room a more warm feeling. Florescent lights are harsh on the eyes and sometimes too bright when you want to relax.
  • Cover your walls with decorations. I used mostly construction paper, markers, and Google Images.
  • Command strips can hold artwork, picture frames, and tack boards.
  • Most importantly, put what you like up! This is your room. If you love horses, put horses up. Put pictures of you with your friends and family!

Recognition

My friends have seen these rooms in person and some made time to see my room, especially at Christmas. I have decorated rooms for others as well. As long as they provided construction paper, I did it for free! :)

They all loved their rooms. Not many boys cared enough, so I never did a boy's room.

My First Roommate

Not much was done with our room, but this was our process.

  • Color coordination happened on accident. We both went to Target.
  • We bunked our beds.
  • Hailey, my roommate, bought a futon.
  • I had erasable circles for the television channels on the wall by futon
  • Futon eventually was moved out because we had little room.
  • Butterfly chair moved into the corner.
  • I bought a blue shag rug and curtains.
  • Christmas...we got a tree and decorations see picture for that

How My Room Looked with First Roommate

Moving in day.. My roommate and I alone with those horrible white walls.
Moving in day.. My roommate and I alone with those horrible white walls.
Bunked beds and I think my finger :)
Bunked beds and I think my finger :)

My Second/Third Roommate

With that comfortable room during Christmas, I definitely wanted that feeling again. After debunking the beds. I got construction paper and made decorations for the walls. Behind my bed, I quoted my tweets and added a relevant picture. On the big wall I had my Happy Bunny poster my mom bought me and added pictures that children from church drew for me. As well as the Christmas lights and sign language.

My room stayed the same for my third roommate as well. I got comfortable.

I decorated my roommate's side. A quote with a hearts escaping the jar as well as music notes. The birthday stuff was for me! :)
I decorated my roommate's side. A quote with a hearts escaping the jar as well as music notes. The birthday stuff was for me! :)
This was my side. I miss this set up. I loved it
This was my side. I miss this set up. I loved it

My sophomore year

I had three different rooms this year. Two of the rooms are the same, but reversed. They were private rooms. I moved from a private room into a big room with a roommate moving back into a private room in the same building as the first. I had all the same stuff from the previous year. The only thing new i bought was a bamboo plant and stuff for the bathroom, since I shared a bathroom with only one other person.

There are not many pictures of how my third room looked because I got sick and I honestly was not in a great place where taking pictures became priority.

My third room, the bed was halfway lofted. It was low enough to climb into bed, but high enough to store my laundry basket, plastic containers, mini fridge, microwave, and suitcases under. I wrapped the Christmas lights around the metal bars. I put my butterfly chair in the corner, next to my desk, and next to my desk was my dresser. I had the same carpet on the floor. On the walls, I had artwork up and birthday cards mostly.

My sophomore year rooms

My first room my sophomore year, before unpacking
My first room my sophomore year, before unpacking
view from the top of the bed
view from the top of the bed
I hated climbing, but this offered more space
I hated climbing, but this offered more space
eventually switched when i got the idea of stringing the lights under my bed...aka The Lounge :)
eventually switched when i got the idea of stringing the lights under my bed...aka The Lounge :)
My second room at Christmas with the florescent lights off
My second room at Christmas with the florescent lights off
my second room, not during christmas...i took the curtains from freshman year making a canopy and strung the christmas lights through them
my second room, not during christmas...i took the curtains from freshman year making a canopy and strung the christmas lights through them

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    • xoSereox profile image

      xoSereox 5 years ago from Maine

      Wow! I really like the pictures with all of the lights. Especially that last one! I recently graduated from college and I understand PERFECTLY how fun it could be decorating a dorm room. My freshman year I had the room to myself, so I didn't have much decorations. I felt like I was in a prison. I learned fast the next three years to plaster my walls with whatever I had that represented me.

      Great job!

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